Agricultural Biotech

ITIF provided comments on USDA’s latest proposal to revise and update regulations for crops improved through biotechnology including gene editing.
Agricultural Biotech
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January 24, 2017
A biotech-improved apple will cut food waste and encourage more fruit consumption, if we let it, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
January 8, 2017
In a presentation to the State Agricultural & Rural Leaders Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit in Baton Rouge, LA, Val Giddings argued that the GMO labeling controversy has been rendered largely moot with the passage in 2016 of a mandatory federal disclosure requirement, though controversies can be expected as regulations to implement the law are developed.
December 15, 2016
Unintended consequences of biotech regulations have disrupted trade and cost billions, but the fix is easy, says Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
December 9, 2016
A recent report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences contains several inaccuracies and omissions about genetically modified crops, write Val Giddings and Henry Miller in Nature Biotechnology.
December 7, 2016
Val Giddings contributed to a new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology outlining trade costs due to scientifically indefensible regulation.
November 30, 2016
Dogmatic opponents of life sciences innovation threaten to sue the Food and Drug Administrator for following the law to enable field trials of a new approach to (pesticide-free) mosquito-borne disease control, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
November 9, 2016
Val Giddings discusses a recent New York Times article on genetically modified crops in Innovation Files.
September 20, 2016
The European Food Safety Authority’s proposed guidance document on food allergenicity suggest burdensome analyses to produce information regulators cannot use to improve food safety beyond the level that comes from much simpler and less costly approaches currently available and widely used.
August 2, 2016
Recent sightings of "unapproved" wheat signal zero potential for harm, but spotlight a regulatory system in desperate need of modernization and reality checking, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
July 15, 2016
Between 2012 and 2013, Indian farmers who adopted a flood-tolerant variety of biotech rice increased their yields by 13.5 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.